About Brick Cave Media
2017 3rd Annual Brick Cave Meet & Greet
Join us for the 2017 Third Annual Brick Cave Author Meet and Greet,[FB Event Link] where we give you access to Brick Cave's authors, their new books, and food! Get some pictures, some signed copies and maybe some other goodies.
Introducing the Cave Crew Program at Brick Cave Media
FOR THOSE THAT LOVE GOOD BOOKS - AND SMALL PUBLISHERS
For some time we have wanted to expand our reach and include more people in what we do. We know there are a lot of fans of Brick Cave that have offered to help us, as we are a small publisher. One of the biggest areas that we have needed help is at events. Often, with only one or two of us available to set up at a particular event, it stretches us pretty thin to have to work the weekend at full tilt- then break everything down and load it up to bring home.
So, we thought about how we could ask for help and make that worth the time for those that would like to help us. Thus, the Brick Cave "Cave Crew" concept was born.
The Cave Crew are teams of Brick Cavers that support Brick Cave's Event Operations.
A Cave Crew is a 2 or 3 person team whose role is:
- Assist Staff in load in and booth set up.
- Work in small shifts in the booth, greeting attendees and helping them buy the best book for their reading needs.
- Assist in tear down and packing of Booth following the event.
ENJOY THE BENEFITS
There are a number of advantages to being a Cave Crew member:
- Depending on the event, Cave crew will receive full access passes for the event and are free to enjoy the event when they are not assisting.
- Cave Crew will never be hungry while they are at an event (because we will feed them)
- Cave Crew will receive discounts on Brick Cave merchandise and get first access to new products.
- Cave Crew have Custom T's to show the world they are a part of something special.
EARN YOUR DRAGONS, BE RECOGNIZED!
Every qualifying event that you are a crew member on, you'll earn a Dragon. Those team members that earn the most Dragons will be recognized at the annual Brick Cave Meet and Greet, where you can accept the thanks of the authors and creators whose work you support in your efforts.
ORGANIZE. GROW. LEAD.
We're looking for leaders. Organize a crew and brand your team. As consistent teams prove their worth, we'll give them custom gear to show their pride.
2017 Brick Cave Holidays
It's Holiday Time Again! We are always excited to have the chanve to be that unique gift for the reader in your life. This year, we have big plans for Events and Black Friday, so here you go-
On the Web
At the BrickCaveStore.com, we have all of our titles ready for you to order anytime. This coming Black Friday, November 24th, and through the holiday season, we have a GREAT opportunity for you to save. Discounts daily on the site, anda very special offer:
ON THE WEB BONUS: Get Platinum Magic, FOR FREE
One of our most hotly anticipated titles is Platinum Magic, the new fantasy from Bruce Davis. Starting NOW, through December 15th, if you order $100 or more on the the brickcavestore.com site, you will be receiving a FREE copy, signed by the author, when the book is released in December.
Come and see us at our FINAL event of the year, the December 9th Mesa Book Festival. Get copies of all your favorite Brick Cave Books, autographed, and perhapos a few special items we'll have just for those that have come out to see us.
January 2017 Project Update
Hello all friends Brick Cave. Welcome to 2017!
Hope you are ready for a big year in books, Brick Cave Books that is. If you have a favorite BC Author, they are putting out a new book. These are the updates we have, from the solid to the "this is kinda what we know without speaking out of class" So, let's get to the project updates, shall we?
We decided in 2015 that we wanted to publish an anthology or stories from out authors as a way to introduce them to wider audiences. That project, now title Futurewords, A Brick Cave Anthology, is just about ready to share. Starting this Wednesday, we have a cover reveal party on Facebook (link to it here) with the pre-order period following. Not going to give out too many details here, but it's a pretty cool collection.
We focused our efforts on getting as much attention in 2016 for The Matriarch's Devise as possible, which wasn't too hard given what a great book it was. Sharon spent 2016 wrapping up her Children's book deal with Sterling (which is going to be a great book, by the way), working on her contribution to Futurewords and putting the finishing touches on her next YA book with us. Let's just say, if you are a Sharon fan, and you can be at Phoenix Comicon, you might want to make it a point to be there. We always say the newest book is the best, and we've always been right. And we are saying it again... you WILL be blown away.
Oh, but wait, there's more...
Sharon and Mr Giunta have entered post production of a book they authored together. The project's name is forthcoming as their working title was something already being used in the genre. Joe describes it as in a similar vein as the Haven story series, but much more grounded and real. Look for that mid Summer probably, depending on how the editing goes.
Joe's next solo project is moving right along, we reviewed some cover work and are patiently waiting for the manuscript to fall into place, so we can start prepping it. Hard to guage a timeframe on it, but 2nd half of the year seems best right now.
Scott has a couple projects in play for us, and we keep hitting the email "Receive" button, because we know that they are close. You will see both familiar and new sides of Scott all in the same year. He's in the Anthology as well, and we really loved the story. He's been workshopping and pulling together pieces, so it's close. Just not close enough to give you any dates.
Manuscript is apparently ready, he asked us if we wanted it- we said yes (duh). It's Bill, it's going to be fantastic. The poetry books overall finished strong in 2016, we are excited to add to the shelf for 2017.
If you've been reading his self published book this last year, we have been told there is a 2nd half to be broght together with that as Klute's next Brick Cave Book. We'll keep you posted on project status as it happens.
Colette is the newest Brick Caver, and we are moving her manuscript through the editing team now. It's going to be a great 1st book for her with Brick Cave, and we are eye balling late April/May for a release. Colette is also in Futurewords, so it's a great way to meet her writing style.
Rumour is she's been playing with fiction. If you were fortunate enough to meet her when she was at TFOB last year, you know what a great person she is. We're excited to see what she is coming up with.
As if Sharon didn't have enough going on this year, yours truly is working on the next installment for Tavara Tinker. Hoping for a fall release on that.
Brick Cave was born out of the poetry community in Phoenix, and we have ALOT of poetry still to share- INCLUDING long underappreciated Patrick Hare. We have the poems, or most of them anyway, and we are starting the editing work to get them ready for a manuscript. With everything else going on, we are look at late fall for this book, but don'r be surprised if it gets nudged to 2018.
And there is even still more, we have another surprise for you in February. All that action will get us through Cirque du Livre in April and Phoenix Comicon in May.
We'll take a look next month and see how these projects have moved along- hope you'll join us on the journey.
2017 Brick Cave Summer Reading List
Summer is upon us, and we here at Brick Cave Media are excited to have gotten three new titles out just in time for your summer reading. Make sure you order your copies of these great new books today! Links go to the profile pages, where you can order the books from any of the stores, in any of the formats listed
Join us by using the hash tag #summerreading in your social medis and the hash tags for the titles below.
More about the Brick Cave Reading is Magic 2018 Book Tour
We're Hitting the Road Again!
Since 2010, we have been doing shows to promote the projects we create, and 2017 will be no different.We have six shows in mind around the Southwest United States, with additional shows being added as opportunity arises.
2018 Brick Cave Event Schedule
With an eventful year drawing to a close, we here at Brick Cave are looking ahead to 2018. Our 2017 event schedule has one show remaining, the upcoming Mesa Book Festival, an event which is organized by a lot of current and alumni Brick Cavers. Our annual expenditures for events runs in the tens of thousands of dollars, and as we came into 2017, we decided we wanted to be more effective with our appearances. Our 2018 Schedule continues to reflect that change.
This schedule does not reflect individual appearances by our Authors, which will be reflected in the Facebook Brick Cave Books and Authors Fan Group.
This schedule also does not reflect events that Brick Cave Staff is invited to as guests. Those will be listed in the Facebook page for Brick Cave Media, our Monthly Email Newsletters or here on this site in separate Blog Posts.
It is our intent to invest more heavily in these events, and encourage our followers to plan on seeing us at them.
2018 Event Schedule
Tucson Festival of Books (Scheduled)
LA Times Festival of Books (Scheduled)
Phoenix Comicon (Scheduled)
San Diego Festival of Books (Waiting on Registration to Open)
San Francisco Comic Con (Waiting on Registration to Open)
Mesa Book Festival (Scheduled)
The schedule reflects some significant changes from prior years. The schedule is also subject to change depending on opportunities and other factors. We are excited to plan for a big presence at each of these events and get the new books we have planned for 2018 into your hands.
Spring 2018 New Titles: Brick Cave Media
We have some surprises for you this Spring, and we hope that you'll enjoy them. It's been a busy time as we line up the titles for the year, and the second quarter will see more new BC Books than ever before. Below we are listing the books on the books to come out, we have a couple other projects that we are hoping to get out as well, but there's no point in teasing you about that :).
BC December 2016 Updates
It is December 2016-
And boy has it been busy. Let's update the scorecard, shall we? in September, we passed our 2015 book sales total, so we have again been in record sales territory for this year (year six, for those of you keeping track at home)
Thank you to everyone in San Antonio and San Francisco for being new to us and embracing us at your respective conventions (San Francisco Comic Con and Alamo City Comic Con) with much love and eager readers.
Thank you as well to the fine pop culture fans of Tucson Comic Con for another great year.
Almost Done :)
We have one more event for the year, a Holiday Meet & Greet that we are hosting December 10th from 10:00am-12:00pm at Inside the Bungalow. We hope you can join us and pick up some books for your holiday needs.
Which brings us to the next big piece of news:
We have a new office. Indeed, we have enjoyed out time with Lulubell Toy Bodega- and trust us- we are not done working together on awesome projects. We knew from the beginning that Lulu was probably going to be changing locations in November, and so we all planned and executed pretty perfectly. So, we found ourselves a nice office at Inside the Bungalow (see picture), where we will be for awhile. Stay tuned to the BC facebook page for more pictures and such as the space evolves.
The Nice part? Lulu ended up literally just on the other side of the Idea Museum from us, and we are planning plenty of debauchery over the next few months once the calendar changes- so you can be ready for that.
Cirque is Ready for You
We are again heavily involved in the Cirque du Livre Writer's Conference, and you can register right now and get a discount on your registration. Everyone had a great time last year and we have already started planning for the huge influx of 2017 attendees. You should be one of them, we would love to meet you!
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Supernal Dawn Launch Countdown: Interview with Joe & Sharon, Part 1
The book introduces a whole new world, the story beginning with the activation of The Pillars, creating people in the population with unique powers, called Supers. Following a brother and sister (Lee and Ember) as they explore this new reality. But the world already has fantastic creatures and fantasy elements within it.
Brick Cave Media Performance Notes, April 2018
It's pretty rare that we share any of our financial performance data. Being privately held and let's be honest, super small, means that we are not a particularly big fish in any pond by any stretch. But today we thought we would share some data that we compiled as preliminary data- not because it's terribly earth shattering, but because it helps us get in the habit of measuring our performance over time. Having just concluded the first quarter of 2018, we thought we would share some trends compared to the first three months of 2017, and some of our thoughts on them. Sort of a mini analyst post if you will:
Supernal Dawn Launch Countdown: Interview with Joe & Sharon, Part 2
Supernal Dawn, the new book from authors J.A. Giunta and Sharon Skinner, has officially been released now for about a month, and we continue to celebrate the great reception it's received with this second part of the interview with the authors. You can read Part 1 of the interview here.
Q: The story has a lot of different fiction elements (Magic, sci-fi, etc.) in it. How hard was it to balance all of that in the storyline?
Joe: I didn’t find it difficult at all to balance magic and superpowers. The sci-fi aspect was a bit more difficult for me. Trying to imagine future technology and give a rational explanation for how it functions can be a lot more tedious than inventing a spell or power that simply works because I want it to. The biggest difficulty I think it managing the interaction of it all in a way that makes sense and doesn’t violate any rules we set forth in our own world.
Sharon: Joe is a great at plotting story and we knew going in that we were mashing up a lot of elements here, super powers, magic, alien technology. The world was pretty well built by the time we started writing, but there was room to dig deeper into certain aspects and that was where it got really fun for me.
Q: There are influences in this new book that go back to an original multi author project, Haven, from some time ago- talk about that a little?
Sharon: With Haven, it was a group of authors who were all writing their own stories set in a world with only a couple of basic rules, including the rules of the world cannot be broken and you can do anything to another writer’s characters except kill them. It was a lot of fun to see what would develop, who would be put in dire straits, who would have to write their characters out of those situations, etc. The difference being it was more of a free-for-all and less of a focused collaboration. Also, see response 3.
Joe: The Haven project was intended to be a comic book world told in serial short stories, in a dark city with vigilantes that had no powers. Or, at least, that’s how it started. It was more about telling stories that included characters other authors had created, putting them in difficult situations the other authors would have to deal with.
Supernal Dawn takes place in a full-blown superhero world, filled with magic and every supernatural creature you can imagine, as well as a healthy dose of alien technology.
Q: Describe this new world our readers are entering- what should they expect, or not expect?
Joe: It’s a world filled with magic and monsters, secret agents and superheroes, alien tech and ancient artifacts, covens and conspiracies, and a number of family secrets that just get keep getting worse.
Sharon: Expect some surprises in the way that the affecteds manifest power. Also, there are several underlying political entities that are vying for power/control during a time when everything we knew or thought we knew is rapidly changing. I like that it isn’t easy to know whom to trust.
Q: In the story, did things happen that surprised both of you? are there elements that neither of you anticipated that became part of the plot?
Sharon: I think Joe had a handle on where the story was heading from the beginning, and he can correct me if I am wrong about that. But since I am such a pantser, I do think I surprised him with a few things. Overall, the ending was especially surprising for me and a lot of fun to write.
Joe: While I like to plan out major story elements before starting, I also work from a skeleton outline for each chapter. I don’t actually plan out everything. Ideas come to me as I write. Some work out, some don’t. There was at least one part of the story I hadn’t planned on that became pretty big, though it has much more impact on future stories.
Q: Is this a series? Are going to see these characters again?
Joe: This was absolutely planned as a series. Supernal Dawn is everything it needed to be to get things rolling, to flesh out the world and the characters in it. What comes next is an order of magnitude more… super.
Sharon: We discussed this early on as the first book in a series and we left a door open at the end of this book for the story to continue. Personally, I hope we get the chance to continue writing these characters, further exploring their world and seeing what challenges and obstacles they will face in the future.
Congratulations to our April 2018 Drawing Winners!
We are a little behind, but congratulations to our April, 2018 Knights of Virtue Drawing winners! The books have all been delivered and we got so wrapped up in preparations for Phoenix Comic Fest, we forgot to tell everybody else.
Supernal Dawn Sneak Peek Release Party
Love J.A. Giunta and Sharon A Skinner? Want a copy of Supernal Dawn? Not going to Phoenix Comic Fest? That's OK, join us at this special pre-launch event, and get a signed copy of the book early.
Join the authors as they talk about creating this new world and the charterers with it.
FREE TO ATTEND
Wednesday, May 23 at 6 PM - 9 PM
Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery
154 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Facebook Event Page: Here
PRE-ORDER FOR PICKUP
You can pre-order an autographed copy for pickup the night of the event. We'll even give you a $5 discount when you check out. Just enter the discount code "rusuper?". Be sure to include the question mark.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The discovery of alien artifacts across the world brought humanity together. Activating the pillars threatened to tear the world apart. The resulting vibrations did more than rumble the earth. It altered DNA, changed ordinary people into supers.
Governments were quick to step in, to quarantine and control. The affected were a threat. Civilians were never meant to have real power.
For Lee that meant choosing between the family that betrayed him and the agency offering to train him. But Ember’s loyalties were divided between the brother she’s lied to all her life and the family sworn for generations to protect the Nexus – the largest convergence of ley lines on the planet.
The path ahead would not be easy.
It was a time of beginnings, for new powers to arise. The age of heroes was upon us…
A Supernal Dawn.
With all the fun talk of hacking and such progressing around the interwebs, we in the cave took a small but important step over the weekend by installing and encryption certificcate for both the main website (brickcavemedia.com) and more importantly, for the store (brickcavestore.com). While we had made sure to protect your payment information by letting Paypal handle the sensitive details, we decided it was best to take the added step and protect your transfer of surfing data as well.
Doing so will also have a couple of nice side benefits regarding the store, which we will be rolling out in the next few weeks.
Thank You, Los Angeles!
Thank you to the friends and fans that visited us this year at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! It was a great weekend and we met a BUNCH of new readers! Check out any of our social media channels to catch up on all the great pictures and posts we made all weekend!
February 2018 Interview: Bruce Davis (Part 1 of 2)
Bruce Davis just released Platinum Magic, his latest novel, first fantasy novel, and first novel with Brick Cave Media. Bruce takes aome time to answer some questions in this two-part interview with Brick Cave Media publisher Bob Nelson.
This week- Top 5 Store Books at Brick Cave W/E February 23rd
We look at our store constantly, and see which book are getting the most looks- and we share the top ones weekly with you and some commentary. None of the top 5 this week are surprising- all of them are the latest books by their respective authors (excepting one) and all are strong storires that are drawing attention from across the reading spectrum.
February 2018 Interview: Bruce Davis (Part 2 of 2)
In February 2018, Brick Cave sat down with Bruce Davis on the release of his first Fantasy novel, Platinum Magic. You can find the first part of the interview here.
Bruce Davis just released Platinum Magic, his latest novel, first fantasy novel, and first novel with Brick Cave Media. Bruce takes aome time to answer some questions in this two-part interview with Brick Cave Media publisher Bob Nelson.
Two Arizona Authors Launch Books with Unique Painting Event
New Y/A Books Launch Brick Cave Summer Reading
Arizona Publisher Brick Cave Media is hosting a special release party for the new Brick Cave Media releases Collars and Curses by Sharon Skinner and Moon Shadows by Colette Black. We have a special opportunity for attendees to try their hand at a little painting as well if they choose. In a truly unique opportunity, we'll hook attendees up with paint, a canvas and an easel and let them paint your own interpretation of the cover of your favorite book. We may have some prizes for the best of the night.
Thursday, June 15th, 5pm-9pm (come anytime during those hours)
The Falls Event Center
4635 E Baseline Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Registration is required at: https://brickcavestore.com
MEET THE AUTHORS
Author Sharon Skinner launches her new Y/A novel Collars and Curses with a fun, unique event.
Sharon Skinner holds a B.A. In English, an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Poetic License. She has worked as a landscaper, a cashier, a maid, a waitress, a communications specialist, a videographer, a technical writer, a project management consultant and a biomedical field service engineer and served aboard the USS Jason as one of the first women assigned to a US Navy ship.
Her poetry and fiction have been published in myriad local, national and international publications. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ.
Her recent publishing credits include In Case You Didn’t hear Me the First Time (2010), The Healer’s Legacy (2012), The Nelig Stones (2013), Mirabella and the Faded Phantom (March 2014). The highly anticipated sequel to The Healer’s Legacy, The Matriarch’s Devise, was released in Fall 2015.
Learn More: http://brkcv.com/2sbhyzs
Author Colette Black celebrates the release of her new title Moon Shadows. It's her first book with Brick Cave Media, and it is meeting with Rave Reviews.
Colette was awarded the 2014 Howey Award for her sci-fi novel, "Noble Ark," and won the Coppercon 32 short story contest for "Kairos' Opportunity." Other short stories have appeared in various publications, including "Menagerie Violette," in One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn Anthology. For a wide collection of published and unpublished short stories, you can see her anthology, "The Black Side: Tales of Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction."
Learn More: http://brkcv.com/2rYNW8u
Colette lives in the far outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona with her family, 2 dogs, a mischievous cat and the occasional unwanted scorpion.
You can register to come by and receive a signed copy of either (or both) book(s) and for a little bit more, you can reserve your painting station for the event (painting is optional). Kids are welcome to attend at no cost, however, they must be a paid registrant to be able to paint.
Snacks and Water/Soda is provided and music will be handled by DJ Boboratory.
Holidays 2017: Brick Cave eBook Starter Pack
Did you score a new device for the holidays? Looking to add some new ebooks to read?
Here are 5 great options to get your Brick Cave Library started right on any platform. Click the cover to see all the platforms available for any given title.
We Need Some Cancer Warriors This Week
OK, this week, we need your help. One of our Authors, Louise Robertson (FB), is riding in the 2017 Pelotonia- and she needs all our support.
The Pelotonia raises money for cancer research.
This week, if you donate $50 or more to her effort, and you let her know you want one, Brick Cave Media will send you a copy of her The Naming Of poetry collection. Because Poetry beats Cancer every time.